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Kony 2012: Remember the Night Still Happened

Who was March’s biggest villain?

Rush Limbaugh? No, he only resorted to schoolyard name calling. George Zimmerman? Not quite. It’s a terrible situation but not enough for him to be the worst person in the world. How about Joseph Kony? You haven’t forgotten about him, have you?

To refresh your memory, Kony is the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda. His forces kidnap children and turn them into soldiers or prostitutes. Last month, Invisible Children released a 29-minute video called Kony 2012 to increase widespread awareness about the fugitive by April 20, 2012. It went viral, and received over 100 million views in six days.

Despite the best efforts and intentions from slacktivists everywhere, the star of Kony 2012 remains on the lam in the heart of Africa and has dropped out of the limelight after various scandals eclipsed his misdeeds. Furthermore, the national organization of Invisible Children received criticism about its fundraising activities and goals for Uganda, and the film’s director suffered a mental breakdown.

In spite of these diversions, “Invisible Children at Penn State” decided to continue with Remember the Night. On Friday, amidst other activities, the club’s president Liz Novack set up posters along the fence of the HUB patio. While most students may have forgotten the atrocities of Joseph Kony and the movement itself was largely disappointing, the local group remembered the date to highlight the warlord’s injustices.

About the Author

Doug Dooling, Jr.

I am a staff writer for Onward State. I graduated as a Nittany Lion with Honors in 2013. Now, I am back in Happy Valley to earn a degree at the Penn State Law. Outside of politics and government, my interests include college football, soccer, Irish history, and astronomy.


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